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3.8 / 5Good

Score breakdown (from 39 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    4.2
  • Service
    4.1
  • Comfort
    3.9
  • Condition
    3.5
  • Neighborhood
    3.3
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Go here"
It was a great trip. We were treated better than we've ever been outside our honeymoon. About the only thing that didn't work out for us was the driveway.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night romance trip Jul 30, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"VERY NICE STAY"
THE HOST AND HOSTESS WERE GREAT,VERY FRIENDLY,ACCOMODATING AND HELPFUL. I GIVE THE OVERALL B&B AN ''A''.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Oct 9, 2014
Thomas
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Impossible to find more impossible to park"
Was a very nice old mansion and I stress OLD. It was quite hard to locate even with our updated new Garmin. Once found, we had a positively horrific time trying to park even our tint Ford Fiesta. Folks were parked up and down the steep hillside driveway which you can not turn either direction from in anything less than a very careful 3 point turn. I actually lost a portion of my fender skirting trying to get out of there. Once inside, we were met by the young owners, both whom were ill with colds. They seemed nice, but went away never to be seen again. We needed to depart before we had intended and I attempted to call to advise Dan, the owner at the provided phone #, but after 3 unsuccessful tries, we just left a note and departed. At our check-in his credit card machine was not working so I left our information and said to call if there was any further questions. No calls or emails yet, so I guess we are ok.. If you are infirm or hate to park or just have a camper or even SUV I think you may want to search for another lodging. If you are a history buff or lover of old architecture then this may be for you.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Sep 20, 2014
Bob Powers
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Good place to stay without spending an arm and leg"
Every thing in Halifax was based in downtown. It had good places to eat. Must go on Peggy's Cove tour.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 14, 2014
Roger
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Halifax Experience"
A quirky but very nice experience. Excellent breakfasts tailored to special dietary needs if necessary. Difficult entry lane to the B&B, but in a convenient location for access to downtown landmarks.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 3, 2014
Kenny and Jonni
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Excellent hosts"
I have stayed here 3 times now and find it an excellent value compared to local traditional motels.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip May 18, 2014
wayne
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
Katherine, the B&B owner, is extremely well knowledged on all things Halifax - and boy can she talk! We did most of the attractions she recommended and were pleased. However, she recommends pubs to eat; so if you're not a big drinker like me, urbanspoon will be your go to. Location is outside of downtown Halifax; but bus is quite reasonable. The stop is just down the hill from the B&B, and it's a quick bus ride. Rooms were quaint; but sheets and towels smelled like smoke, and the phone and TV weren't working. Overall, a pleasant stay. Breakfast was delicious, and it's a great home with great history.
Genuine Venere guest review
Other trip May 26, 2014
A Traveler
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotel guests from other countries:

2.0 / 5Fair
Over priced we travel quite a bit rooms was clean and small cable was hanging out of tv no screw in ? the owners try hard but this is a two star not a 4 star and should be priced accordingly parking is terrible .I think I'm a fair individual but this b&b is way over rated we booked because I try to take away the worst and best reviews .It is old, small and over priced and extremely over rated not sure how it got a four star rating
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Sep 16, 2015
John
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
Nice and helpful owner. Only stay 1 night, will come back if we visit Halifax again.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Oct 5, 2015
Mona
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
Manageress was very helpful, the Breakfasts were good.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Oct 4, 2015
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Great sleep, very quiet and restful. The breakfast was very good, lots of fresh fruit and the owners are very friendly. We enjoyed our overnight stay and hope to return again soon.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Sep 29, 2015
Laura
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
We stayed there for one night. The owners were very friendly. The Breakfast was good. Room was very clean and in decent condition.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 26, 2015
Into The wild
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Warm and Welcoming Hosts."
The hosts are extremely friendly and welcoming. They go out of their way to make you feel at home. Breakfast was great. The room - artist's suite - was smaller than anticipated. Not really feasible for three adults. The bathroom had a very bad odour, (mildew/mould). The room was clean but the grounds were a bit untidy. The location is not ideal. Great pizza joint just down the road.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night family trip Aug 30, 2015
Patricia
CA
1.0 / 5Poor
"Do not go, unless you long for your hostel days..."
Terrible. I wanted to say quirky but the cost for quirky is far lower. I recommend these hosts consider their B&B as a hostel. When it was time for breakfast we had to call to wake the owner. The room was clean but without a lock. No view due to a large apartment built between the B&B and the harbor. Parking was difficult. No a/c which is probably not an issue normally but was horrible for the heat wave.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Ascendence Harbourside Mansion B&B
We appreciate all constructive criticism as it allows us to improve our service. Calling our 4 star Historical Property a hostel is just uncalled for and extremely disrespectful. Every room does have a lock. No hostel serves 2 course deluxe breakfast on fine china with linen napkins, fresh flowers served in 124 years old Grand Dinning Room. Every room offers an ensuite bathroom with heated lamps, robes, Jacuzzi tub or spa showers and is individually decorated with original art. We do not advertise air conditioning but do offer a portable unit upon request and a fan in every room. We have never slept in for breakfast. Our driveway has been often used by guests with RVs and could not be widened. In the end we are sorry to have upset you somehow to garner such a review and low score.
2 night romance trip Aug 22, 2015
A Traveler
CA
3.0 / 5Good
Not what we expected for the way it was described in the info. However, it was clean and comfortable and our hosts were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good. A little difficult to find as street looks like a laneway between two parking areas.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jul 1, 2015
Linda
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Great place. Warmly welcomed and a great breakfast. Wish we stayed longer
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jun 11, 2015
Sara
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Warm welcome, great talks"
I booked fast because i needed a place to stay but am i happy i did. Owners were friendly and very connaisseur of the surrounding in Halifax. Suggested good stuff to do. Others guess arrived and we had pleasant talk with everyone with Kathryn having great stories. Fantastic breakfast. A+
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 17, 2015
Fadi
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Home away from home"
I had a couple of days over the weekend to explore the area and didn't feel like staying in a hotel. Saw this B&B and thought I'd give it a try. Dan and Catherine were very welcoming and we chatted about places to go and things we liked to do. It is like staying with friends - very welcoming with lovely interesting people to chat to. There was a little fridge and a kettle/coffee maker available any time. Also a little sitting room downstairs with a small library and games. Had a fabulous stay and was sorry to leave. The breakfasts were delicious too - set me up for the day. Much nicer than the free breakfasts you get in the chain hotels.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip May 1, 2015
Wendy
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"hospitable halifax"
great place to stay!!! The hot breakfasts were fabulous and hosts very hospitable!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Apr 27, 2015
Randy
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Excellent Hosts!"
Ascendence Habourside Mansion B&B is a historical house that offers a taste of home design dating back in the 1800's. The owners are welcoming and very hospitable. The breakfast is excellent served warm and prepared with flair presented on real china. My only complaint would be that although we had non smoking room, we could still smell the cigarette smoke from another room. Overall though, I enjoyed my stay there!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Ascendence Harbourside Mansion B&B
Dear Doreen, Thank You for your review We're glad you enjoyed our historical house and the breakfast. Please note that our property is absolutely NON-SMOKING however sometimes guests smoke on the front porch instead of the smoking area away from the house and the smoke does come in thru the windows
Other trip Apr 27, 2015
Doreen
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Relaxing and restful inexpensive stay"
Offered a very tranquil rest and sleep; I look forward to seeing it again in the daylight and when there is not so much snow around. Hosts are extremely friendly and ready to do whatever they can to ensure guest comfort.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Mar 3, 2015
A Traveler
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Nice old mansion"
Beautiful room and furniture, somewhat chilly probably because it was so old. Somewhat noisy, the first night we were there we could hear people still talking at 3:30 am, the second night the doorbell rang multiple times around midnight. Good food, friendly couple who owned it.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 2, 2015
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Nice getaway"
After all the snow days in February, and kids everywhere, I wanted a night alone with my wife.. And a 2 person Jacuuzi. The room was nice, the bed was comfy and the jacuuzi was relaxing. The owners were very welcoming, and made a delicious breakfast in the morning. I've already recommended this place to friends, and will probably book again.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 2, 2015
Jim
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Friendly staff"
The staff was friendly and the room was comfortable and clean. My only disappointment was the jetted tub's motor was so loud it took away from the relaxing bath. I would stay again.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Dec 17, 2014
Sandra
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Could be so much more"
Hosts were very nice, especially husband. Stayed in artist room and the room itself was fine, but the bathroom was unpleasant because of an overpowering smell of mould / mildew...nauseating. Also the shower drain did not drain fast enough so you're standing in your own filth...yuck. Loud, long nights with host' company sticking around to the wee hours. Driveway is a nightmare, but hubby will provide valet services. Can't comment on breakfast because I missed it both days. Young couple on their way to being good b+b hosts...but more work to be done.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 18, 2014
A Traveler
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Good"
Room was old but clean. There is no bathroom exhaust fan in the Merchant room. Car park is a little small and difficult to get in and out. The stair is a little tight to move luggage up or down. Hosts are very friendly.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Ascendence Harbourside Mansion B&B
Thank You for your review Paul, we liked having you as our guest. Note to future guests: The Merchant Room bathroom does offer an exhaust fan and heated lamp in the calling. It was also redone with new tiles and vanity one year ago. We offer complimentary valet parking as well as always offer to assist our guests with their bags. All you have to do is ask :)
1 night romance trip Oct 1, 2014
Paul
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Interesting B&B"
Requires good driving skills to park vehicle up steep driveway. Building is old, charming and clean. Good wi-fi
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 12, 2014
Elaine
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great B&B"
Our stay there was very good the owners were super friendly, good breakfast, comfortable king size bed, would definitely stay there again.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night business trip Sep 30, 2014
Gail
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Pleasant B&B"
Spent 7 nights at this B&B and was quite pleased with everything. The bed was comfortable the bathroom nice and modern and the breakfast tasty. It is quite far from downtown but there were several buses going there and the bus stop was just a 1 minute walk.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 3, 2014
A Traveler
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great Service"
My stay was very enjoyable and the hosts were great. A snow storm hit and we were all snowed in for an entire day. They were nice enough to make as supper since nobody could get out. The one issue with the location is the parking. There isn't much of it and to make matters worse we had a snow storm and I couldn't get up the steep driveway. Other than that issue the place is an A plus.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night trip Mar 25, 2014
Jason
CA
3.0 / 5Good
"Not within walking distance to anywhere"
Room and rest of the place very clean, owners very friendly and pleasant, food quite good. The outside is quite unkempt, and it is nowhere near anywhere you may want to spend time, either the waterfront or shopping. Parking is hard to find in Halifax, so to have to drive and park every time is difficult, and at $3 per hour, expensive also. No views to speak of from any of the windows.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 16, 2013
suera
CA
1.0 / 5Poor
We were very disappointed at this B&B. The grounds were terrible, & unkept. The hosts were nice folks who have taken on too many jobs to run this B&B in a manor befitting a business. They were having a party in the parking lot and drinking until the late hours. On the morning of departure, they slept in and we missed breakfast after a 45 min wait along with several other guests. Phone calls did not wake them. The kitchen was a mess with empty bottles and generally unkept looking.We had to go as we were on a time schedule without breakfast. We have since made contact with them and they have made amends with a 30 dollar refund. As a Nova Scotian I was embarrassed to chat with the fellow guests ( British) as they were wondering what they had got themselves into.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip May 31, 2013
B Payson
CA

The following reviews were posted by hotel guests from other countries:

3.0 / 5Good
Very short stop for one night only but a never forgettable breakfast! thank you for the first night in Canada!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 26, 2015
A Traveler
DE
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Mar 21, 2016
Katherine
CA
3.0 / 5Good
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Sep 2, 2015
A Traveler
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Aug 7, 2015
A Traveler
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Nov 13, 2014
A Traveler
SE
2.0 / 5Fair
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night business trip Nov 1, 2014
A Traveler
AS
5.0 / 5Outstanding
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Aug 3, 2013
A Traveler
CA

TripAdvisor reviews for Ascendence Harbourside Mansion Bed & Breakfast Halifax

Overall rating:Based on 99 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"B&B"
04/28/16 Andres R
Very welcoming staff, delighted with their customized breakfast. Very quiet, cozy and home style. Had the pleasure to meet other guests. Stayed for one night only but overall enjoyed the time spent there.
Overall Rating
"Beautiful Private Space With Easy Access to the City of Halifax "
04/10/16 Elizabeth M Halifax, Canada
Beautiful Heritage Mansion full of character, and plenty of privacy with a lot surrounded by woodland. Easy access to downtown attractions and restaurants, and an easy, relaxed atmosphere to come "home" to. The B&B owners truly go out of their way to make sure that your visit is one that you will definitely come back for. Artist's suite window faces a beautiful view of mossy rocks and forest. A jewel in the close vicinity of the city.
Overall Rating
"Valetine Get-A-Away"
02/26/16 T5261TUdavidt Moncton, New Brunswick
Stayed in Royal Suite, as we are seniors nice gesture to bring up our bags from the car to our room. Lovely comfortable King Size bed. Gave us extra modern efficient heater as I'm sure it was coldest night of the winter. Loved the huge mirror. In fact great mirrors everywhere you went. Great help to get local restaurant actual menus from hostess. Recommend Jim's restaurant anytime - almost walk there. Had great conversations with hostess Katherine, enjoyed our stay.
Overall Rating
"Disappointed "
01/20/16 Shelley M
Um .. extremely disappointed. We thought the lady owner was very sweet. Our room was the double bed on the main floor. The bed was horrific. It squeaked like crazy! If you moved a finger it squeaked. The last told us we were getting a discounted price because of the season. She took $15 off the price when we spoke on the phone. When we arrived she advised us that at that price it didn't include breakfast and would cost $6.00 each for breakfast (meaning pay an additional $12) which defeated the purpose of getting the discount. There was no soap or shampoo in the bathroom. The bathroom walls were black with two little lights which made it difficult to use the mirror.
Overall Rating
"Beautiful historic home"
01/11/16 emilyunruh Lloydminster
Friendly staff who were very willing and quick with any requests... Wonderful old hoise. Like stepping back in time... Except for the king bed and jacuzzi:) the room was comfortable and clean and the blankets warm...
Overall Rating
"Come Only if You Drive a (Sub)-compact and Can Drive in Reverse Gear Z-Shaped 30 Degree Down-slope"
12/08/15 mct97 Toronto, Ontario
It would be a great stay if you do not think the following are issues: 1. The titled issue is the most critical, especially if the guest is time-pressed. It will only get worse in snowy/icy condition, and or the vehicle is larger than a compact sized one. 2. The host will tidy PART of the room even with the "Do Not Disturb" sign on. 3. Leave plenty of time (average 20-30 minutes) for simple breakfast (toast and egg). 4. Electricity pressure is weak. When using the microwave machine, the light will dim and blink. 5. Three keys are bundled and given to guest even only one key is needed for one door lock. 6. Very ancient keys, 5 and 4 inches long respectively - good for museum display. 7. The bed is very elevated, the guest sleeps at least 3 feet above the floor. 8. There is no air fan in the bathroom. 9. Light knob in bathroom is right behind the door when one opens the door. 10. One of the legs of a chair in dining room broke one day - was there vandalism ?
Overall Rating
"This B&B is is a two star at best"
10/29/15 john2262260 Calgary, Canada
Over priced should be $100 per night max .Rooms are dated parking terrible breakfast is ok .Owners try hard but cables fall out of the tv difficult to get luggage up and down stairs.Owners are friendly and will help with directions but knowledge minimal outside of Halifax .We stayed in Nova Scotia for two weeks in Oct 2015 this was the weakest accommodation over the whole trip.Booked on the basis of trip advisor ratings totally disappointed feel we overpaid @ $143 per night Horrible to get in and out of in a car .I don't normally rate hotels but feel totally disappointed on this one . No where near a four star
Overall Rating
"Great hosts"
10/08/15 claire s Penzance, United Kingdom
Nothing was too much trouble. Katherine & Danny are a delightful couple and very well informed about the delights of Halifax. Our room was quite comfortable. The breakfasts were very different every day, and quite delicious ( Thanks Justin!).
Overall Rating
"a good stay with helpful hosts"
09/18/15 720silvia Reinach, Switzerland
It is a historical building, our room was great and clean. It was e Little bit difficult, to bring out the heat. Breakfast was very good and various. the Hosts were friendly, helpful and full of advices
Overall Rating
"Great people!"
09/10/15 adelej35 Calgary
I loved the room I had at Ascendence. The owner was so accommodating with my booking, my dietary needs and my leftovers from my fabulous Maritimes vacation. She was also a wealth of information about things to do, tonot bother doing and ways of getting around Halifax. Breakfast was specialized for my dietary needs, was in a lovely dining room, and I was made to feel like she really cared.
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